Michael Cole: “With Money in the Banks less than a week away, Monday Night Raw is live from Tacoma, Washington! We will see who the final participants will be from Raw for the men’s and women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, and we will see United States Champion Andrade take on EC3! But following his win over Luke Gallows last week, WWE Champion Drew McIntyre is in the ring!”
WWE Champion Drew McIntyre asked what The OC’s excuse could be, seeing as he beat Luke Gallows fair and square, but The OC still tried to attack him. Right on cue, The OC came out and AJ Styles told Drew there was nothing special about his win last week, especially since Gallows wasn’t prepared for a fight. AJ then told Drew that if he wants to prove he can actually beat The OC, to find a tag partner tonight and take on the good brothers, Gallows and Anderson.
AOP vs. Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik & Kalisto
AOP def. Lucha House Party
Money in the Bank Qualifier
Liv Morgan vs. Zelina Vega
Liv Morgan def. Zelina Vega to qualify for the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Backstage Charly Caruso interviewed Sonya Deville. Sonya said that last week she proved to the entire Raw locker room, including Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch that she is the toughest woman on the roster. Sonya then told Becky if she is “man” enough, to put her title on the line at Money in the Bank. Later in the night, Becky told Sonya to be careful what she wishes for, because at Money in the Bank, she’s going to show Sonya that she isn’t as tough as she thinks.
EC3 vs. United States Champion Andrade (w/Zelina Vega)
Andrade def. EC3
After the match, Ali ran down and attacked Andrade, returning the attack Andrade gave him after their match two weeks ago. Zelina grabbed Andrade and the two ran to the ramp. Ali grabbed a microphone and challenged Andrade to put the United States title on the line at Money in the Bank.
Money in the Bank Qualifier
Aleister Black vs. Cesaro
Aleister Black def. Cesaro to qualify for the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match
The OC (w/AJ Styles) vs. WWE Champion Drew McIntyre/Kevin Owens
Drew McIntyre/Kevin Owens def. The OC
After the match, another brawl broke out between Gallows and Anderson and McIntyre and Owens. Gallows and Anderson were thrown out of the ring, and AJ was left to fend for himself. Drew walked up to AJ to hit him, but Kevin Owens turned him around and hit him with a stunner. AJ got up laughing, and went to hug Owens, but ate a stunner as well.
Michael Cole: “I don’t know what the hell has gotten into Kevin Owens! He agreed to be Drew’s partner tonight, they won the match, and then he goes and attacks the WWE Champion! Not only that, he attacks AJ Styles as well! I’m sure not only Drew, but also AJ are going to want answers next week!”
Mauro Ranallo: “Same show, same place, but who knows what’s going to happen on this episode of NXT! Tonight, we will have one more NXT Cruiserweight Championship ladder match qualifying matches to determine who will head to the Money in the Bank PPV. But NXT GM William Regal has added that the loser of that match will compete twice tonight, as there will be a 5-man elimination match with the men who lost their qualifying match earlier this week! And with that, we kick things off with Mike Kanellis taking on Ariya Daivari!”
Fresh off of his win last week against Cameron Grimes, Velveteen Dream came to the ring in high spirits. Dream spoke about his rise to where he is today, and then turns his attention on current North American Champion Keith Lee. Dream reminds everybody he was in the ladder match to crown the first Champion, and how he also held the North American title. Dream mentioned that he should’ve never lost the title to Roderick Strong, and he should still be Champion right now. Dream challenged Lee to a title match tonight.
NXT Cruiserweight Championship Qualifying Match
Ariya Daivari vs. Mike Kanellis (w/Maria Kanellis)
Mike Kanellis def. Ariya Daivari
Dakota Kai vs. Toni Storm
Toni Storm def. Dakota Kai
After Toni’s match, the NXT Women’s Champion came down and attacked Toni Storm. Dakota Kai, still feeling the effects from her loss, tried to join in on the attack, but Charlotte turned her attention to Dakota, locking her into the Figure-8. Charlotte then looked down at Toni and Dakota, shrugged, and left the ring.
Broserweights vs. The Forgotten Sons (w/Jaxson Ryker)
Broserweights def. The Forgotten Sons
After the match, Jaxson Ryker comes in the ring and the three men attack Riddle and Dunne. Ryker threw Riddle out of the ring, and the men continue to beat down Pete Dunne. From the stage, Tyler Bate and Trent Seven ran in and chased off The Forgotten Sons. Moustache Mountain then looked at Dunne and shrugged, before leaving the ring.
5-Man Elimination Match
Cruiserweight Championship Qualifying Match
Tony Nese vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Ariya Daivari vs. Mark Andrews vs. Brian Kendrick
Brian Kendrick wins to qualify for the Cruiserweight Championship Ladder Match
NXT North American Championship Match
Velveteen Dream vs. NXT North American Champion Keith Lee
Keith Lee def. Velveteen Dream via DQ
During the match, the Undisputed Era ran in and attacked both men, causing the ref to call for the bell. The 4 Undisputed Era members beat down both Dream and the North American Champion Lee, before posing over their laid out bodies.
Mauro Ranallo: “Well I guess after refusing to show up to NXT last week, the Undisputed Era decided to come to work this week and ruined a great main event match we had going on here! I really don’t know what the issue is between the Undisputed Era and Keith Lee, but this is now the second time they’ve stuck their nose in Lee’s business.“
Corey Graves: We are less than 48 hours away from the Money in the Bank PPV, and tonight we will find out who the final participants will be in the men’s and women’s ladder matches! Also, after losing to Buddy Murphy two weeks ago, Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn has demanded a rematch tonight on SmackDown, and Buddy Murphy gladly accepted via Twitter. But we first kick things off with the Submission Magician, Shayna Baszler”.
Shayna slowly walked to the ring and got in laughing. She said that she just found out that Bayley isn’t in the building tonight, and Baszler knows it’s because Bayely knows all it takes is one second in the Kirifuda Clutch for that title to be around Baszler’s waist. The Iiconics interrupted and Billie Kay told Baszler that she’s not as scary as she thinks. Kay said that Peyton Royce’s Money in the Bank qualifying match is next, but she thinks she can beat Baszler before that, and the night will be truly iconic.
Billie Kay vs. Shayna Baszler
Shayna Baszler def. Billie Kay
Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
Natalya vs. Peyton Royce
Natalya def. Peyton Royce to qualify for the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match
The New Day (w/Big E) vs. Heavy Machiney
The New Day def. Heavy Machinery
After the match, Otis and Tucker got in the ring and offered a hand shake to The New Day. They could be heard telling them “one more time….let’s do it one more time” with the New Day gladly saying yes.
Buddy Murphy vs. Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn
Before their match, Zayn was walking to the ring with a microphone in his hand. Zayn told Murphy he’s not special at all. When he beat him two weeks ago, it was a complete and total fluke and Zayn will prove that right now.
Sami Zayn def. Buddy Murphy via holding the tights on a roll-up
Money in the Bank Qualifier
Robert Roode vs. Shelton Benjamin
Shelton Benjamin def. Robert Roode to qualify for the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match
After Benjamin’s win, the other competitor in the ladder match, Bobby Lashley ran down with a chair and began attacking Benjamin with it. The third member from SmackDown, Samoa Joe, ran down and locked Lashley in the Coquina Clutch. He then picked Benjamin up, hit him with a Uranage, and left the ring.
Corey Graves: Man oh man things are already heating up and the PPV isn’t even here yet! I don’t know how the Raw guys are handling it over there, but Samoa Joe, Bobby Lashley and Shelton Benjamin area already attacking each other! It’s setting up to be a great Money in the Bank PPV, and we hope to see you there!
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